Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on a Windows 7 System (Dual booting) with Radeon X300/X550/X1050 SERIES Graphics Card

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Ubuntu Linux, just like most Linux distributions, will happily co-exist on a hard disk with just about any version of Windows. This is a concept known as dual-booting. Essentially, when you power up your PC you will be presented with a menu which provides the option to boot either Ubuntu Linux or Windows. Obviously you can only run one operating system at a time, but it is worth noting that the files on the Windows partition of your disk drive will be available to you from Ubuntu Linux regardless of whether your windows partition was formatted using NTFS.

To day I have installed Latest Windows 7 and Latest Ubuntu 10.10 on my office system (Dual booting). This two operating system which I installed in HP dx 7200 micro towers.

System Information

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7201) (7201.winmain_win7ids.090601-1516)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Compaq dx7200 Microtower
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3584MB RAM

Display Devices

Card name: Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series (Microsoft Corporation -- WDDM)
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.

Hard Disk

SAMSUNG HD 321HJ of 500 GB.

First I completely formatted the hard disk

Second I made three partitions in hard disk (C, D & E)

In partition C I installed windows 7 (First windows should be installed in newly formatted hard disk)

And in partition E I installed Ubuntu 10.10

After Installation you will see a box in booting time in that you have to choose which operating system you have to run.

Booting box looks like this

GNU GRUB VERSION 1.98+20100804-5 Ubuntu3

Ubuntu,with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic

Ubuntu,with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (Recovery mode)

Memory test (Memtest 86+)

Memory test (Memtest 86+ serial console 115200)

Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)

In this way I have successfully installed windows7 and Ubuntu 10.10 on HP system in my office. Do the same thing and enjoy.

All the best

Allu John Sudhakar
System/Network Administrator
UCE, OU Osmania University

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5 Responses

  1. Bobby says:

    partitions c d e, windows, ubuntu os and /home i guess, but you should have another for /swap. ubuntu needs it for hibernation. good practice for beginners

  2. Sampath says:

    The post could use soo much information regarding linux installation …when it comes to linux installation its never next next finish ….you should atleast mention the partition layouts like where to install the linux like sda1, or sda2 depending on the configuration
    please mention the reason why people should install windows before the linux …you need to give a little info about grub before hand.
    A paragraph of linux architecture would not hurt people reading this post

  3. Stijn Verwaaijen says:

    Apart from the replies above, this post, again, has nothing to do with Ubuntu’s support for graphics cards…

  4. Abraham Schrijver says:

    Hello Everybody,
    I will say it again for a beginner with no knowles of programming its very dificult to install Ubuntu. It’s so easy to install windows put in a disk and it works. Put in a disk of Ubuntu or you will have a Grub problem or you have to know the partions how many, how many gb every partion need. And so on then you have the forums where do i have to fill in the question before you have found that you gave up.
    Or the do not answer you because to much explaining to do???. Do you Netbanking work with it. Do you get a virus scanner which is good. tried a lot still can not get it working on my laptop with windows 7 while i have not the information or guide to do properly.
    with friendly regards

  5. sampath says:


    regarding your netbanking issue
    YES we can do all the netbanking stuff in ubuntu just as like another windows box provided that firefox is supported by the bank site (in my country some banks support only IE)

    regarding virus scanner
    I guess you wont need one because of solid linux filesystem, and security architecture.
    but if you need one( people need one if they have dual boot, or if they install wine or mountable fat partitions) then there is one which actually does work
    It is CLAMAV its good if you update all the definition files

    regarding your installation manual
    there are alot of details about partition but I don’t think that people use that much tedious process

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